Behind the Scenes Tour of the Hotel Brexton – Updated

Since 1881, the Hotel Brexton has lorded over Tyson Street and Park Avenue in Mount Vernon and will do so again after a recent and thorough restoration.  Please join architect Donald Kann and members of the RWN redevelopment team on a tour of this wonderfully restored building on the eve of its reopening (literally: the hotel opens to the public the morning after our tour).

Tour Information – Updated

Update- The tour of the Hotel Brexton has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 17.  Tour registrants should look for an e-mail with an update on whether they are set for the 5:30 PM or the 6:30 PM tour.

Date:     Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time:     5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Place:    Brexton Hotel, 868 Park Avenue
Park on the Street
Cost:      $10

The Hotel Brexton was built in 1881 for Samuel Wyman, a wealthy Baltimore merchant who at one time owned and occupied the Carroll Family’s Homewood House in the mid-1800s. The six-story Brexton was built as a residential hotel in the Queen Anne Style, with Baltimore pressed brick and Scotch sandstone.  Noted architect Charles Cassell designed the building. Cassell was a founding member of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the designer of the Stafford Hotel in Mount Vernon, Stewart’s Department Store downtown, and the First Church of Christ Scientist on University Parkway. After sitting vacant since the 1980s, RWN Development is on the verge of completing a top-to-bottom restoration that includes replacement of over 200 windows that had rotted or disappeared and the restoration of the original spiral stair. The Hotel now has 29 rooms (including a “Wallis Warfield Simpson” suite, named after its most famous occupant) and is part of the Historic Hotels of America network. Please join us and members of the restoration project team, including architect Donald Kann from Kann Partners, as we walk through this wonderful historic building in Mount Vernon and learn what it took to get it restored.

To register, please reply e-mail Johns Hopkins, hopkins [at] baltimoreheritage.org, with your name, phone number, and email address. Space is limited on this tour. Confirmations will be sent by email, and payment will be due upon confirmation.  For additional information and questions, call Baltimore Heritage at 410-332-9992.

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